Breaking up with shampoo: Girl receives unexpected ending after two years away from shampoo

Thursday, 10/08/2023, 16:30 (GMT+7)

Many people think they will have sticky hair, oily shades, and itching if they don’t wash their hair for days. What happens if hair isn't washed for an extended period, specifically two years.

Iiris Heikkinen, 24, used to wash her hair daily, but found it made her scalp dry and itchy. She decided to switch from organic products to apple vinegar and baking soda, which are known to absorb dirt and grease. However, after further research and discovering the 'no poo' method through Facebook groups, she has adopted a routine of using water and a small amount of coconut oil every few months – and she claims her hair has never looked better.

She explained that after a few weeks without shampooing, the itching disappeared. Initially, her hair appeared oily, but it quickly returned to normal. Now, no one realizes she doesn’t use shampoo. When she tells them, they are always amazed and offer cheerful praise for her clean, healthy hair.

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Iiris has clean and healthy hair as a result of using the no-poo method

As an environmental enthusiast, Iiris had been using organic shampoo and conditioner in the past, but she encountered a problem. She believed that the shampoo was stripping the natural oils from her scalp.

In the fall of 2017, she began seeking alternatives. She searched for 'How to Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo' on Google and eventually discovered several Facebook groups dedicated to the no-poo method.

In September 2017, Iiris bid farewell to shampoo and conditioning oil forever, becoming a committed follower of the no-poo method.

Although she refrains from using hair dryers or straighteners, her hair remains in good condition. She has also noticed that her hair appears thicker and more voluminous since ditching shampoo.

Interestingly, her hair color has also undergone a subtle change, appearing more naturally yellow.

Organic hairdresser Tabitha James Kraan said the 'no poo' method is possible. He believe that hair is  is indeed self-cleaning when left alone, or at least when natural oils are not removed. This enables the hair to maintain its health and balance.